First things first - Denver scoresheets will be mailing tomorrow. Sorry for the delay, but there were a few things that necessitated a re-check of all envelopes and I was out of volunteers.
I just read thru this entire thread and have a couple of comments (some were also mentioned at the regional judging)
The number of judges needed to tackle 750 beers is quite large. Out here in Colorado's Front Range, there are a lot of judges, but also a lot of other competitions. Conflicts are inevitable and when they do, certain judges are lost to other competitions, thus reducing the judge pool. There's two ways to fix this - regional competition coordination and to get more judges involved. If you aren't satisfied with your scoresheets and have a legitamate gripe with a judge's comments (e.g. too vague, not detailed enough, etc) then you should e-mail them and let them know! Also, become part of the solution and join the ranks of the BJCP. The new exam format should help speed up the certification process substantially.
Entry Cap by brewer
I personally like this idea. The lion's share of Denver Regional entrants had 1-3 beers, but there were only three or four entrants who had more than 9, so the arbitrary cap of 10 might not help much. I think that if a cap were set, the Ninkasi could still be realistic, just formulated differently. If someone who entered 70 beers placed 8 and another who entered 8 placed 8, who is the better brewer?
Entry cap by time (everyone gets a day to enter at most 1 or 2 beers, then it's open)
This is another one that I like a lot. I didn't get an entry logged in soon enough and had to ship my entries to Minnesota....and I was the regional organizer for Denver, so that sorta bugged me that I had to pay for shipping when I was visiting the judging site regularly.
NHC second round
Since the conference filled up so quickly, I think there's a very large likelihood that judges qualified and interested in the second round judging were turned away. There should be some avenue for folks who are intending on participating in the second round judging to get a head start on conference registration.
Allright that's it for now. Again, sorry for the delay in getting scoresheets mailed out, but you all should be seeing them by early next week.
Congrats to the folks who advanced and good luck in Seattle.
Thanks to all who participated as an entrant, and especially those who helped by volunteering!